Speakers at Symposium Discuss 'Religion and Media'
ABCNews Religion Correspondent and expert on religion and public policy lead event
for immediate release Feb. 16, 1998A national network correspondent, a well-known scholar/author/columnist, and a former television station manager will speak in three joint sessions of the Mass Communication Ministry and Religion, Politics and Society symposiums during Abilene Christian University's 80th annual Lectureship Feb. 23-25. All three sessions will be at 11 a.m. in the Living Room of the Campus Center.
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On Monday, Feb. 23, ABC News religion correspondent Peggy Wehmeyer will speak on "Religion: The Hidden Story." When Wehmeyer joined ABC News four years ago, she became the first correspondent to report for a network on religious and spiritual issues. Based in the Dallas bureau, she reports for "ABC News Tonight with Peter Jennings" and its "American Agenda" series. Wehmeyer will use video examples to illustrate her discussion of the process of covering religion fairly in the media. (The printed Lectureship brochure shows Wehmeyer was originally scheduled to speak all three days, but this is no longer true.)
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On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Dr. William Martin will continue the symposium by discussing his academic but compassionate approach to writing his 1996 book, "With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America"; his extensive 1991 biography, "A Prophet With Honor: The Billy Graham Story"; and his religion column in Texas Monthly magazine. Martin, who is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Professor of Religion and Public Policy and Senior Scholar in the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, is a graduate of both ACU and Harvard University.
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On Wednesday, Feb. 25, Tom Spain, former television station manager, will speak from experience on "The 'NYPD Blue' Decision: A Case Study in Conflicting Television Programming Values," exploring the tension between networks and local affiliates, especially in entertainment arenas.
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Each year, the Mass Communication Ministry Symposium features members of the media at various levels who present material from a Christian viewpoint that will benefit both Lectureship participants and current ACU students. When topics focus on media as a part of culture, the symposium is often held in conjunction with the Symposium on Religion, Politics and Society.
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